Scott Skiles doesn’t mess around. That was evident on Monday night when he benched two of his biggest stars — Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd. With Bogut and Redd watching from the sidelines, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
With the Bucks down 56-34 at halftime, Skiles had seen enough. Bogut and Redd were a combined 1-for-10 from the field and neither was playing much defense.
Bogut started off the season playing very well but has been up and down since returning from a six-game injury absence. In the previous two games, the center had just 24 points on 11-of-26 shooting.
Last season, Michael Redd tore his ACL and MCL. This year, Redd just hasn’t been able to bounce back. He came into the game shooting 34.5% from the field and 27.9% on three-pointers while averaging just 12.3 points.
Without Bogut and Redd, the Bucks leaned on rookie Brandon Jennings even more than usual. Jennings responded with 24 points and seven assists in 41 minutes but it wasn’t enough for the Bucks in Charlotte.
It’ll be interesting to see how Skiles coaches the team going forward. Will he drastically alter the roles for Bogut and Redd or was this a one game thing? Stay tuned.